University of Vermont Extension
Department of Plant and Soil Science

Dr. Leonard P. Perry, Extension Professor

Perennial Plant Names Quiz

Match the description and origin of the name in the left column with the name of the correct plant in the right column. Hint: origins may refer to the latin name, and the common name may be the one listed on the right. Answers are at the end of the list.

1. after the Italian physicist Carlos Matteuci, 1800-1868 a. Lupinus
2. after the Austrian botanist N.T. Host b. Anemone
3. after the Latin word for reed c. Joe-pye Weed
4. after the hero in Homer's Iliad d. Arundo donax
5. after the Greek god of medicine e. Ostrich Fern
6. after the Latin word for wolf, from the misconception it took soil nutrients f. yarrow
7. after the Greek for wind, referring to its seed dispersal g. butterfly weed
8. after the Latin word "to make solid", from supposed medicinal properties h. plantain lily
9. after Mithridates Eupator, king of Pontus in Antiquity i.Beardtongue
10. from the Greek words for "five stamens" referring to the flower structure j. Solidago












How did you do? If you'd like to learn more about edible plants (mostly native ones to North America or naturalized), their uses, name origins and lore, and even toxic properties, an excellent recent reference is The Encyclopedia of Edible Plants of North America, Francois Couplan, PhD., Keats Publishing, New Cannan, CT, 1998. The author writes from decades of first-hand experience with these plants, a scientific background, and living with native peoples around the world.

Back to The Arcade for more games and quizzes with perennials, or to Perry's Perennial Pages.